Niner RLT9 Gravel Bike
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Gravel bikes are the cliché of this edition of Interbike, and yet in the hands of Niner, the 29er purists, this is arguably the most beautifully achieved adventure road bike we’ve seen. That’s the Road Less Traveled, in case you missed it, and given that 29 is the same circumference as 700c, the RLT isn’t nearly as wide a departure as it first looks. This disc-exclusive aluminum frame takes tires up to 45mm, has internal cable routings to keep out the grit, a color-matched carbon fork to cut the rattle, and is built longer, lower, and slacker than your average road bike for fire roads, gravel grinding, and basically going wherever you please. Frame, $1,050; complete bikes from $2,000; ninerbikes.com